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Great Expectations

The presence of wonder. I like that.

Intentionally looking for wonder in the everyday . . . expecting great things from a great God.

This is a good way to start the year because our hope is in the One who makes all things new and wondrous.

1,874 posts, ago. this is EXACTLY why I started blogging. I read this quote from Brennan Manning and it resonated so strongly with me —

We encounter God in the ordinariness of life, not in the search for spiritual highs and extraordinary mystical experiences, but in our simple presence in life.  Brennan Manning

…so I began to look for God as soon as I woke up each morning . . . and I’ve been doing it ever since.

Simple things remind me that there is God-given wonder to be enjoyed.

  • hugging my husband
  • chocolate and chai
  • signing for the deaf
  • storms
  • speaking to women’s groups and tea one-on-one
  • adventures with our grandson, Phoenie
  • fresh laundry drying on the clothesline
  • water walks in the summer
  • sitting on my big, blue pondering chair, reading the Bible
  • popping bubble wrap
  • red onions and green apples
  • back and neck massages
  • Jelly Bellies (NOT buttered popcorn flavour)
  • popping homegrown cherry tomatoes into my mouth
  • the perfect cadence on my road bike
  • Inukshuks
  • homemade Smoothies
  • flannel sheets
  • homemade Christmas decorations
  • Tootsie Pops
  • jumping waves
  • checking off “To do” lists
  • newborn toes
  • laughing until my stomach hurts
  • funky silver bracelets
  • crocheting blankets for people I love
  • lying in bed, listening to the rain and the wind and the waves.
  • getting into “soft clothes” after a long day
  • water balloon fights
  • forehead kisses
  • buttons
  • long hikes

. . . and presents for absolutely no reason at all. Today, Chris and I visited good friends and one very special young lady had painted this for me. I couldn’t express it any better, this love of life, this expectation that God will come through with wonder and delight. I only have to look for it.

Elizabeth's painting for me


Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him, who is perfect in knowledge?   Job 37.16



One Comment

  1. Awesome picture, what a gift and what a message to live by!

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